STONEHAM – After establishing an early lead, Catholic Memorial nearly saw its season end before clawing itself back and beating B.C. High, 3-2, in a shootout on Wednesday night, sending their Super 8 quarterfinal series to a third and deciding game.
CM got on the board first when Liam Coughlin flipped a backhand saucer pass to linemate John Maher on a 2-on-1 and the senior fired a wrister over Peter Cronin’s blocker.
The Knights would extend that lead to 2-0 minutes later. On a similar 2-on-1, Jack O’Hear fluttered the puck over to Kevin Hock who finished his wrister over Cronin’s glove from the right slot.
The Eagles then began their comeback in the second period, out shooting CM 10-6 and cutting the deficit in half thanks to Patrick Kramer’s goal off a rebound at the 4:18 mark.
The Eagles remained down by a goal until 28.4 seconds remained in regulation, when Ryan Shea established a net-front presence and directed a Tom Besigner pass from the bottom of the left circle past CM goaltender Brendan Collett with the B.C. High net empty.
“Ryan’s a good player,” BC head coach John Flaherty said of Shea. “He’s only a freshman but he’s highly skilled, that’s why he’s out there 6-on-5. We drew a couple of things up, but it’s execution. The kids do it. We can draw it up as coaches but it’s the guys on the ice that got it done.”
The teams played a scoreless overtime before going to a shootout.
BC High looked to be on the verge of ending the Knights’ season when Besinger and Shea put the Eagles up 2-0 in the shootout with just two shooters left for CM.
But O’Hear and Maher tied with a pair of goals and Collett was able to shut the door at the other end. Freshman Tim Weinstein won the game for CM as the sixth shooter.
BEST BIRTHDAY EVER
For CM defenseman Tim Weinstein, it will be a 16th birthday to remember.
No, he didn’t get his driving permit -- that will have to wait -- instead, the freshman potted the game-winning goal in a shootout victory for that nights that kept their season alive.
“We’ve been working on shootouts in practice,” Weinstein said. “I was working on going fast on the goalie, trying to freeze him, and getting him to move left to right. When I saw that opening top right, I went for it. ... We saw glove side tended to be his weakness, if he really even has one because he’s a great goalie.”
CM head coach Bill Hanson needed to submit his shootout roster before the opening draw, but he didn’t tell Weinstein he was on his list.
“That’s LTW,” Hanson said, “Little Timmy Weinstein. He’s a freshman with more skill than any hockey player wearing a black uniform tonight. He’s fearless. He was our best defenseman. The way he moves the puck, his offensive skills and his puck poise, his presence in the neutral ice, he did it all night long. He was terrific.”